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Track and Field Enters NCAA Mideast Regional Championships



CHICAGO Four members of the DePaul men’s and women’s track and field teams travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas this weekend for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships.  Melissa Fraser, Brad Millar, Mary Cate Quiett and Joe Strawder compete for the Blue Demons on Friday and Saturday at John McDonnell Field.

Strawder opens competition for DePaul on Friday at 5 p.m. (CST) when he takes on the men’s long jump.  The Blue Demon sophomore carries a season-best mark of 7.41m as he enters his second NCAA Regional Championship in as many years.  Earlier this month, Strawder placed fifth in the long jump at the BIG EAST Championships with a 7.28m leap.

Friday’s track events place Quiett in the women’s 800m preliminaries at 6:10 p.m.  The DePaul record-holding freshman picked up her NCAA Regional qualification at the BIG EAST Championship with a time of 2:08.43.  Quiett’s school record of 2:08.35 gives her a No. 50 ranking in the Division I poll.  The women’s 800m finals open on Saturday at 6:25 p.m.

Saturday’s competition gets underway at 11 a.m. when Millar enters the men’s hammer throw.  The two-time BIG EAST Champion heads into his second NCAA Regional meet with a national ranking of No. 43 and a season-best mark of 61.96m.  Millar won the 2008 BIG EAST hammer throw crown on May 4 with a 58.22m throw.  He carries a trio of performances this season greater than 60.00m.

Fraser wraps up Saturday’s field events for the Blue Demons at 2:45 p.m. when she competes in the women’s javelin throw.  The freshman BIG EAST Champion is currently ranked No. 30 in the nation with a mark of 48.34m.  Fraser won her first league title on May 3 when she covered 47.16m at Villanova.

The top five individuals from each event at the NCAA Mideast Regional earn automatic bids for the June 11-14 NCAA National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.  Athletes placing sixth through 12th gain consideration for an at-large bid.

This weekend’s action can be followed via live results at www.hogwired.com.